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Coach’s Blog – Lee Davies

At the start of the lockdown period it was nice having an opportunity to press the reset button and spend some much needed quality time with my young family. My three girls wondered who was this strange man putting them to bed in the evenings!

As parents we had plenty to occupy us with home schooling and as my wife and I are both teachers so our work continued, however in a very strange format. Eventually we settled into some form of routine and I actually started to enjoy what was the ‘new normal’.

Work eventually resumed with some form of familiarity in mid-August, and the new term seems to be the busiest I can remember with the continued legislation affecting our normal working practices. The situation however has allowed me to get a much needed coaching fix within the resumption of the Coleg y Cymoedd rugby programme.

As far as Pontypridd RFC is concerned, it seems like an eternity since we ended the shortened season with a fantastic away win versus Merthyr. I have periods now where I enjoy the calm of Saturdays spent watching rugby on TV and spending time with the family, however on the whole I am missing the process and intensity of preparing our squad from week to week.

It hasn’t helped my frustration when I consider the young and exciting squad that we are potentially assembling at the club. I am extremely keen to get back into training and to put into practice the things we have spent the last seven or eight months planning. There’s only so many webinars in which you can take part.

Camaraderie is a huge part of team sport and something I feel we as a group at Ponty RFC have in abundance – it will be great to see how the players, new and old, fit into this group and get back to the routine of Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with plenty of banter and craic.

Here’s to hoping the end is in site and we can get back to business soon!

Lee Davies – Forwards Coach